Plant Pathology

The Plant Pathology program conducts research on the integrated management of plant diseases affecting tropical fruit, ornamental crops and vegetables. The research program covers many different aspects of plant pathology and diseases including diagnosis, identification, characterization, epidemiology, and integrated management of diseases on a wide range of crops. The extension program provides statewide leadership including educational information on plant diseases to all clients and conducts field demonstrations and evaluation of integrated management strategies for the management of diseases. We provide plant diagnostic services for anyone who is interested in plant diseases and insect pests through the Florida Extension Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Our services include analysis of plant material for bacterial, fungal, viral, and nematode pathogens as well as the identification of insect pests.